Kraftwerk to headline Detroit’s Movement electronic music festival in May 2016


The Movement electronic music festival has scored a coup: a first-ever Hart Plaza performance by Kraftwerk, the groundbreaking group that changed the course of popular music.

The German band will bring its multimedia 3D Experience show to the riverside fest’s main stage the weekend of May 28-30, seven months after a sold-out performance at Detroit’s Masonic Temple. Festival-goers will be provided with 3D glasses for the event.

Kraftwerk is one of 60 Movement performers being announced today as the festival organizers roll out the first phase of their 2016 lineup. Another batch of artists will be announced in coming weeks.

Among those announced today are several Movement first-timers, including Caribou, Four Tet, Âme and the Black Madonna, alongside festival staples such as Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson and other hometown acts.

Also on tap are DJ Pierre, Boys Noize and Dubfire, staging his visually intense Hybrid set.

Kraftwerk — which now features founding member Ralf Hütter with Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen — emerged in the ’70s with a cutting-edge approach that merged synthesized sounds, machine themes and traditional pop motifs to set the stage for the following decade’s music revolution.

The group’s influence was vast, ultimately helping to shape hip-hop, synth-pop, electro and — most importantly for Movement — the young Detroit producers who invented techno music in the 1980s.

General admission weekend passes are $135 ($300 VIP) and are on sale now at Below is a photo of the event from 2015 showing the crowd and main stage.


This year’s festival is the 10th in its current incarnation, produced by Paxahau Events, and comes 16 years after the riverfront techno tradition was launched by the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

[ Article by , Detroit Free Press ]

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